The Winnipeg Police Service is collaborating with inner-city youth to create expressive works of art and have been doing so once a month since January.
The project takes place at the Graffiti Galley Studio 393 with the goal of breaking down perceptions and barriers between one another. Officers were able to express their creative side, setting them apart from the rigid rules and ranks they abide by almost every day, while youth were able to show how graffiti is their craft and break down its stigma.
“I think art is such a vulnerable and risk-taking activity, and I think when people are vulnerable together it breaks down those barriers completely.” – Jean Borbidge, Studio 393 Assistant Manager
The exhibit, titled “Intersections”, will display the officer’s and youth’s artwork at the Graffiti Gallery from June 29 to July 13.
To learn more about the work that Graffiti Gallery Inc does with youth to build their self-esteem and creative expression while providing them with tools for community development and growth, click here!